Details for Site of Chesser Valley Community (Atlas Number 5333012683)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5333012683

Data

Marker Number 12683
Atlas Number 5333012683
Marker Title Site of Chesser Valley Community
Index Entry Chesser Valley Community, Site of
Address 3.9 mi. SW of Mullin on FM 575, at intersection with Williams Ranch Road
City Mullin
County Mills
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 526649
UTM Northing 3488568
Subject Codes settlements; pioneers
Marker Year 2002
Designations
Marker Location 3.9 mi. SW of Mullin on FM 575, at intersection with Williams Ranch Road
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Near this site is the Chesser Valley, named for early settler John Dan Chesser, whose home became the focal point of a small rural community by the same name. Missouri native John Dan Chesser (1842-1914) moved to Texas with his family in 1854 and married Tennessean Elizabeth Caroline Epley (1842-1924) in 1860. They first lived in Burnet, Texas, but moved to this part of the state after Chesser's service in the Texas State Troops during the Civil War. The Chesser's homesteaded 160 acres of land in the valley in what was then part of Brown County. They expanded their log home as their family grew to number 11 children. It served as a church, hospital and hotel for travelers along the Williams Ranch Road. Chesser Valley was the site of frequent camp meetings. Entire families came from miles away to camp out in a grove of Live Oak trees and attend prayer and preaching services under a tabernacle near the Chesser house. A one-teacher school began in 1868 to serve the children in the area around Chesser Valley. After Mills County was created out of Brown County in 1887, the new county commissioners court recognized the school district and designated it as District No. 8. Those who settled the Chesser Valley community were primarily friends and family of John Dan and Elizabeth Chesser. The Chesser house, which had been the nucleus of the community, burned in 1926, and by the dawn of the 21st century, only one original structure remained from the period of the valley's settlement.